volume 29, issue 3, P503-514 2012
DOI: 10.3233/jad-2012-112015
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Abstract: This paper propounds the Amyloids as Sensors and Protectors (ASAP) hypothesis. In this novel hypothesis, we provide evidence that amyloids are capable of sensing dysfunction, and after misfolding, initiate protective cellular responses. Amyloid proteins are initially protective, but chronic stress and overstimulation of the amyloid sensor leads to pathology. This proposed ASAP hypothesis has two sequential stages: (i) sensing, and then (ii) protection. Sensing involves a conformational change of amyloids in re…

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